Veins play a vital role in the body; they’re responsible for transporting blood from various body parts back to the heart. But if you develop varicose veins, your circulation worsens, and your body cannot perform as it should. There isn’t a magical, at-home cure for varicose veins; if you’re experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency, your best option is to visit a qualified professional.
What Are Varicose Veins?
As mentioned above, the veins in your body carry blood back to the heart. But the vein valves in your leg have to fight against gravity to do their job, and this excess pressure can cause vein valves to become tired or damaged. When this happens, they aren’t able to fully close, and blood leaks back into the valve when your muscles relax. Blood pools in the vein instead of moving back to the heart, creating the dark, bulging vein known as a varicose vein.
Symptoms to Monitor
If you’re concerned about your vein health, make sure that you carefully monitor your symptoms. Do your legs feel achy and painful? Are these feelings magnified after long periods of sitting or standing? Do your legs feel heavy and restless? When blood starts pooling in the leg, you’re likely to experience swelling in your legs and ankles. You may also experience associated skin issues, including red or brown spots, leathery skin, and itchiness. If these symptoms are a part of your everyday life, you should schedule a consultation with a specialist. Start to make notes about what you’re feeling so you can more accurately answer your doctor’s questions.
Many people believe that compression stockings can help resolve varicose veins. However, while they’re an important tool in offering much-needed symptomatic relief, they can’t eliminate the root of the problem. And not everyone needs to wear compression stockings all day, every day! They come in a variety of sizes and compression levels, and by consulting a professional, you are guaranteed the best fit for you.
A common misconception about varicose veins is that they’re nothing more than a cosmetic problem. However, there’s more to venous insufficiency than meets the eye — over time, they pose a risk to your health. Varicose veins require the attention of an experienced specialist. By seeking treatment early, you can avoid more serious future problems such as skin ulcers, infections, and blood clots, which can travel to the lungs and become dangerous. After treatment, you can enjoy daily activities without worrying about your vein health.
You don’t have to go through life with the daily discomfort that varicose veins bring. If the thought of treatment costs are keeping you away from the care you deserve, don’t worry; vein care is more affordable than you think. While insurance coverage is determined on a case-by-case basis, the good news is that most insurance companies cover an initial consultation. If treatment is medically necessary and performed by a professional, many carriers will cover the costs as well!
At your appointment, we listen to your concerns, assess your vein health, and answer your questions. Not all vein problems are visible to the eye, and a specialist is able to use an ultrasound to take a deeper look and properly analyze the problem. Afterward, we are able to recommend the best course of treatment. Modern vein treatments are quick enough to be done during your lunch break and have minimal downtime, so you can get back to your daily life as soon as possible. Treatment options include:
- Endovenous laser treatment: Known as the gold standard for minimally invasive treatments, EVLT is completed using heat. After using an ultrasound to locate the damaged vein, a vein specialist inserts a small catheter into that vein and applies heat. This causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Blood is quickly and automatically rerouted to healthy veins.
- Microphlebectomy: Microphlebectomy removes enlarged branch varicosities or superficial varicose veins without surgery. The procedure takes place in one of our three offices and only takes about one hour! One of our specialists will make small, 1-2 mm incisions, and then uses a hook to tease out the vein and remove it. With microphlebectomy, results are immediate; the bulging vein disappears after the procedure and there are no scars.
- Sclerotherapy: This is an excellent treatment for milder forms of insufficiency. By using either an ultrasound or a veinlite, a specialist targets the source of venous insufficiency and uses a very fine, thin needle to inject a sclerosing agent. The agent irritates the vessels and causes them to be less visible.
- Venaseal: During this procedure, a specialist applies medical glue to the vein through a catheter. Once the vein is sealed shut, blood is automatically rerouted to healthy veins. The sealed vein will harden and be absorbed by the body, effectively removing it without scarring.
Varicose veins are very common, and they’re nothing to be embarrassed about! More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from varicose veins, and anyone can develop them regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. You owe it to yourself to learn more about the safe and virtually painless, non-surgical treatments that we offer!
If you have questions about your vein health or treatment options, we would love to see you at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. For over a decade, our team of vascular physicians in Orlando have dedicated themselves to providing the best patient care possible. Our customer service is unmatched, and your comfort and satisfaction with high-quality results remain our first priority. Schedule a consultation today by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547.